track 2

Housing & addiction

A Faith-Based Recovery Housing Model examined

Roger Ouse - Recovery Program Director & Family Housing Co-Director, Lower Lights Ministries


Faith-based housing models differ not only in approach, but also environment. Known for their individualized-relationship driven programming, Lower Lights Ministries Recovery Program will discuss and examine their use of a unique holistic treatment model in a faith-based recovery housing setting. 

Housing and Effective Partnerships - Panel

Panel: Deidra Black, Leon Battle, Tom Smith, Marla Hurst + Facilitator - Steve Rauch (CDCA) - Recovery Group Facilitator 


Engage with current housing providers as they discuss the challenges and obstacles of providing treatment and housing support for individuals with substance use disorders. Learn how partnerships can be an effective way to overcome those obstacles.

Work Matters

Beth Gifford - President & CEO, Columbus Works, Inc.

Individuals in recovery face various barriers to obtaining employment including a lack of resources, sporadic experience, and perhaps past incarceration. Yet with the proper training and support economic self-sufficiency via employment is an attainable goal. Further, work is a critical piece of successful recovery and a social determinant of health. In this class, we will learn why employment is vital to the recovering individual's overall success, discussing work from an holistic lens, and how recovering individuals can best engage community and employer resources.  

Recovery Housing: A Good Neighbor 

Danielle Gray (MPH, CPH) - Executive Director, Ohio Recovery Housing

Local communities are becoming more aware of the recovery supports and services that exist in their own neighborhoods.  This session will help attendees build knowledge, skills and resources for being a good neighbor.  Attendees will learn about what recovery housing is and how it supports neighbors in recovery, and laws that pertain to recovery housing.  Attendees will be provided with a tool kit of resources that can be used to prevent or address potential NIMBY “Not in My Back Yard” issues.  Attendees will also work together to create a written "good neighbor policy" that articulates their commitment to being good neighbors. 

An Analysis of My Recovery - Panel

A panel of 3-5 individuals in recovery + Facilitator - Roger Ouse, Lower Lights Ministries


This class will be led by a panel of people recently engaged with various recovery treatment programs.  Panelists will provide some analysis of effective elements of recovery programs as well as an objective assessment of possible weaknesses.  Facilitation of the panel's presentation will allow for Q & A from the class. 

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speaker bios


Roger ouse

Lower Lights Recovery Program Director & Family Housing Co-Director, Lower Lights Ministries

Roger Ouse oversees the holistic programming for the Recovery Program at Lower Lights Ministries. He has spent the last five years directly supervising supportive services for vulnerable women and families seeking self sufficiency in Franklinton. Roger graduated from North Dakota State with an Associates Degree in Agriculture and prior to working at Lower Lights Ministries spent 30 years managing his family-owned business in Minnesota.

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danielle gray 

Executive Director,

Ohio Recovery Housing

Danielle Gray, MPH, CPH has worked in the health and human services field for over 10 years, specializing in the social determinants of health by developing programs and advocating for public policies to increase access to services and supports that positively impact  health outcomes.  Danielle Gray became the Executive Director of Ohio Recovery Housing, an alliance of recovery housing operators providing high quality recovery housing opportunities for people with substance use disorders, in 2017.  

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beth gifford

President & CEO,
Columbus Works, Inc.

Beth Gifford is the Founder, President & Chief Operating Officer of Columbus Works, serving Columbus and central Ohio. Columbus Works serves area residents providing job readiness training, job placement, and complete wrap around services as a means of eliminating poverty through full-time employment. Beth holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a MBA from Franklin University, is a Certified Change Management Practitioner, and earned her LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt from The Ohio State University. She is currently a member of faculty at Cedarville University where she has been involved in MBA course development and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business Administration.


Steve Rauch 

Recovery Group Facilitator,
Lower Lights Ministries

Steve recently received his State of Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) license and an Addictions Studies certificate from Columbus State Community College. Steve is currently working towards a Masters (MA) in Pastoral Counseling with an Addictions & Recovery Cognate from Liberty University. Steve is a volunteer in the Recovery Program at Lower Lights where he facilitates weekly recovery groups.